I created this card for a “Manly Cards Class” I taught at Michaels. Tim Holtz stamps are perfect for this theme, and a little retro paper from BoBunny’s Mama-razzi Collection really set the “manly” tone I needed. Buttons & twine, my new favorite choices for embellishment – especially for male flavored cards! I’m going to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Blog Contest too (Transport-it is the theme). (more…)
I love to use Distressed Inks with stencils and resists, and the Distressed Markers with images like this balloon. And tying in the American Craft string with the strings of the balloon gives this card a bit of texture, along with the button and rhinestones. Fun to make! I’ll be entering this card into Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Blog Contest theme of Transportation.
Summer flowers, what could be better! I wanted to thank a friend for a wonderful gathering in her garden and thought this would be perfect. I used a jar image from Inkadinkado, then filled it with Papertrey Ink’s Delightful Dahlias, worked some Distress Inks around and through a stencil, then applied a black bow using American Crafts’ black twine. I found Tim Holtz’s watercolor paper to be the perfect material to use with his Distressed Inks, they blend so well with this paper. I used a water pen with the same inks for the medal of thanks. Wish I could find more of the bees you see here! I colored the pearls in the center of the flowers with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens for the first time, and it worked great! Another entry for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog contest for their theme “Summer”!
I’ve always had a thing for yellow roses, so what could be better than a few or more for a birthday celebration! In this case, they come via Papertrey Ink’s “The Sweet Life” stamp and die set. Combine purple paper from DCWV’s Shimmer Stack, cut leaves from a Circut cartridge and some yellow satin ribbon and you have a great platform to feature a Happy Birthday greeting (also from Papertrey Ink). I’ll be adding this post to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog Contest for their Summer Theme. I love their blog & contests, and I highly recommend visiting and purchasing from their store – they have great products & the best customer service! (more…)
Ah, the last true month of summer, with butterflies and flowers still on the rise. Distress Inks & large daubers were used to create the sunset (love this technique), then added flourishes from the Cindy Loo Cricket Cartridge, pearls, rhinestones and a few yellow flowers (from the bridal section of Michaels), and a butterfly sticker from K&Company. A light, whimsical image overall – still enjoying the sunrises of summer! I’ll be entering this card into Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Blog Contest this week (their focus is “Summer”).
I created this sunset with Distressed Inks and the masking technique, then stamped and fussy cut the lighthouse image from Inkadinkado’s Beach stamp set. I also used Technique Tuesdays’ Wildflowers stamp set for the grasses and dragonflies. A little glitter for rippling waves and a black & white twine bow finished it all off. Now it’s ready to enter Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday blog contest for the theme “Summer!” (more…)
I created this card for Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Blog Contest – and this week’s focus was “Sparkle”. I like this contest because it causes me to focus on techniques and looks that I might otherwise not think of or haven’t revisited in a while. I love sparkly effects and in this case, I painted them in with a brush and glitter glue. The greeting is embossed with Stampendous’ Star Dust embossing powder (my favorite – it’s transparent so any color of ink will shine through). I applied Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to the poppy from Penny Black’s “Blooming Garden” stamp set and used Technique Tuesday’s “Wildflowers” stamp set for the grasses and dragonflies. The butterflies are from Clearly Bespotted’s “Elegant Butterflies” stamp & die collection (I absolutely love this set!!) Rhinestones, pearls, and an orange satin ribbon tie up the finishing details.